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Contributors: BillMurphy,MikeB,garrett,SBFord,Grakulen,

Blizzcon Mists of Pandaria Panel Live Blog

Posted by SBFord Friday October 21 2011 at 2:16PM
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All Classes: Spell book cleaned up. Rotations improved. Automatically learn spells in the field. New spells. Specs more developed.

Druids: Now with four specs! Feral (DPS melee), Guardian (bear tanking), some overlap between the two. All druids still go cat or bear.

Shaman: Buff totems GONE. Totems as utility. Earthgrab Totem, Repulsion totem, Bulwark totem added.

Warlocks: Unique resource for every spec. Affliction - soul shards. Demonology - demonic fury resource. Destruction - infernal embers

Wands become main-hand weapons.

Rogue and warrior can throw weapons.

Relics GONE!

No ranged slot for other characters.

Hunter melee weapon GONE!

Ranged weapons: Hunter minimum range is GONE!

Three new EPIC raids.

2 new enemy races

Raid finder

World raid bosses

Classic dungeons will receive a Heroic update. New raids. 9 new dungeons, 6 on Pandaria.

Pet Battle:

Pet battles both PvE and PvP. Turn based battles. Simple combat system.

Pet Abilities UI:

Pet Journal UI Mock Up:

ACCOUNT WIDE PETS!!!

Pets will be tradeable. Level it up and then throw it on the AH to sell to someone else.

Lots of pets will appear only at certain times, seasons, etc. Pet Journal will allow you to manage pets.

Pet Battle System: Collect, level and fight with your pets. Accessible to everyone from a low level. Will work with almost every pet that there is right now as well as the new pets coming with the expansion. Customize your pets including naming them, individual abilities, etc.

Challenge Mode Dungeons: complete in a certain amount of time.

Queue and go. No role requirements. Earn valor points.

PvE Scenario map. No player collision.

PvE Battlegrounds to come

PvE Scenarios: Short instances for a few players. Holy trinity not necessary.

Greatly changed Talent system. Talents 2.0:

  • Class Abilities
  • Spec Ability
  • Talent Abilities
  • Choose spec and spec ability at level 10
  • Get additional specs later

Monk Races:

  • Chi energy for jab and roll
  • Jab generates light/dark force for finishing moves
  • NO AUTO ATTACK

Monk:

  • Hit a lot with hands/feet
  • Leather armor class

Monk:

  • Brewmaster - Tank
  • Mistweaver - Healer
  • Windwalker - Melee DPS
  • Not a hero class - starts at level 1
  • Martial arts based
  • Unique Monk-only animations
  • Monks are NOT Pandaren only!

Dungeons will have a physical presence in the world.

LOL....Pandarian enemy. :)

Pandarians are neutral and will not choose a faction until level 10.

The Wandering Isle is the start zone for folks rolling a Pandarian.

An auction house will be on Pandaria continent to stop players from having to travel back and forth.

Players should be able to make progress no matter how they choose to level. Geek out with more interesting character builds than ever before.

Objective also to get people back into the world, new things to do.

Objective also to get people back into the world.

Prime objective: New game play with fun parts of the past.

This is the spot to find out more about the just-announced World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria expansion revealed during the Blizzcon 2011 WoW panel. Keep your eyes peeled!

DarkPony writes:

Oops, someone accidentily the liveblog?

 

Fri Oct 21 2011 2:22PM Report
SBFord writes:

Nope, the other live blog is on the main Staff Blog page. It's got the earlier live blog still there from the opening ceremony. This is a new one for the WoW panel set to begin in 5 minutes!

 

Fri Oct 21 2011 2:25PM Report
Isturi writes:

I am sure that it will get more people back into the game but makes me wonder if the cuteness is not going to attract hard core gamers kind of makes me think is this Blizz answer to gear kids to play more?

Fri Oct 21 2011 2:39PM Report
teakbois writes:

'I am sure that it will get more people back into the game but makes me wonder if the cuteness is not going to attract hard core gamers kind of makes me think is this Blizz answer to gear kids to play more?'

 

The hard core gamers are the 'kids', in terms of how they act (generally speaking of course).  The bulk of casuals, and raiders, don't care one way or the other.  Besides, its not overly cute.  Its no different than the Tauren culture.  Cow native americans vs panda far east

Fri Oct 21 2011 2:45PM Report
Isturi writes:

"The hard core gamers are the 'kids', in terms of how they act (generally speaking of course).  The bulk of casuals, and raiders, don't care one way or the other.  Besides, its not overly cute.  Its no different than the Tauren culture.  Cow native americans vs panda far east"

It also tells me that Blizz could be inviting China to WoW I guess time will tell.

Fri Oct 21 2011 3:01PM Report
Isturi writes:

Pet Battle remind me of Pokemon lol

Fri Oct 21 2011 3:41PM Report
Madimorga writes:

I watched the trailer then tried my best to figure out why this has created an uproar with WoW's current players, but I'm stumped. 

Fri Oct 21 2011 3:49PM Report
ZoeMcCloskey writes:

Hmmm, I love Monks so that part interests me.  The pet system might be fun too.  At least they are trying to innovate a bit and add alternate activities to do.

Fri Oct 21 2011 4:53PM Report
Falcomith writes:

Even though Pandarians have been part of the lore since at least Warcraft 3, I really didnt expect it really to be added to WoW. Will this be the straw that broke the camels back? I guess time will tell...but I have a feeling whats left of the mature crowd will be leaving after this release.

Fri Oct 21 2011 4:58PM Report
wildtalent writes:

Did I just read that WoW now has a pokemon element?  'Cause that's what it sounds like.

Fri Oct 21 2011 5:01PM Report
thedrakon writes:

Gosh ... Poke WoW .... I'm glad I left that game ...

Fri Oct 21 2011 5:22PM Report
mbd1968 writes:

Cool, another expansion :( ... have we not had enough of WoW? Can't Blizzard move onto a new game?

Fri Oct 21 2011 9:37PM Report
Thedrip writes:

Just when you thought WoW couldn't get more pathetic...

Fri Oct 21 2011 10:55PM Report
Aeroangel writes:

I've actually been dying to play a pokemon-esque mmo, but my prediction is that I'll purchase the expac, play for the free month then quit again. 

Sat Oct 22 2011 12:24AM Report
Uhwop writes:

I really like what I read here.

Sat Oct 22 2011 1:19AM Report
MurlockDance writes:

Seems like a vast over-simplification once again of mechanics that have been in the game since Day 1. What is up with MMOs these days??

I hate, hate, hate the changes they're making to the Shaman and Warlock, my two favorite classes. Why can't they just leave well enough alone? I can't speak for the other classes, but I boggled when I read that Hunters will lose their melee weapon...

And the panda thing is just meh... really meh.

Some of the other stuff is ok, but really just fluff and not really interesting fluff as it is.

Seems like a meh expansion so far. I would not want to fork out $30 for it...

Sat Oct 22 2011 3:22AM Report
Tivian writes:

The whole Sexual Harrasment panda thing is lame. content for 10 year olds. When I said I wasn't going to play this game again....I know I really won't. Last expansion was lame...this one is lamer still.

Sun Oct 23 2011 3:29PM Report
69Cuda writes: Sounds pretty meh. Looks pretty meh as well. I am guessing this next xpac will be ... Pretty Meh. I can fire up my kids old gameboy and get this same gameplay without the cost of admission blizz will charge lol. Sat Oct 29 2011 5:31PM Report

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